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|The Grace Theatre
The Latchmere Theatre
Theatre503 and Latchmere Pub, from Battersea Park Road
|Address||503 Battersea Park Road
|Public transit||Clapham Junction|
Theatre503 was founded in 1982 as an offshoot of the Gate Theatre, and is a custom-built studio theatre. The opening production was a new adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which proved so successful that the production transferred to the West End.
The original name of the theatre was linked with the pub downstairs, but in 2002 the theatre relaunched under Artistic Director Paul Higgins with a new name of Theatre503, and became a home for new writing. In November 2006 Paul Robinson and Tim Roseman were appointed as Artistic Directors with the specific brief to develop the profile of the theatre, and the new theatre launched with the European Premiere of The Atheist.
Robinson was sole Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2012 to 2016. Under the stewardship of Robinson and Roseman, the venue saw the premiere of works by writers such as Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter, Duncan Macmillan, Rachel Wagstaff, Alice Birch, Gabriel Bisset-Smith, Chris Urch, Jon Brittain and Phoebe Eclair-Powell. It went on to win the Peter Brook Empty Space Award, was nominated for a Time Out Live Award in 2006, and won a Olivier Award in 2010 for its production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. In 2014 the theatre was nominated for a second Peter Brook Empty Space Award, and won the Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence for its production "Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho".
At the beginning of 2016, Theatre503 welcomed Andrew Shepherd as its new Executive Director. Appointed in August of the same year, Lisa Spirling launched her role as Theatre503's Artistic Director by directing the winner of Theatre503's 2016 Playwriting Award, 'In Event of Moone Disaster' (October 2017) by Andrew Thompson. Steve Harper is the theatre's Literary Manager.
In the 18 months since Lisa Spirling’s appointment as Artistic Director, 169 new writers had their work performed on Theatre503's stage, with 3 West End Transfers, an Olivier Award and 2 national tours. In 2016, the theatre received 1629 scripts from 52 countries for their Playwriting Award, 423 submissions for their 503Five Writers’ Development Scheme, 600 unsolicited scripts and 200 pieces for their Rapid Write Response scheme. The theatre aims to read and respond to every script that is submitted, and to provide opportunities for the local community, emerging theatre companies and new writers.
Awards and nominations
Winner - Olivier Awards, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Rotterdam by Jon Brittain (Premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios)
Nominations - Off West End, Best Male In A Play (Graham O'Mara for Punts) Off West End, Best Male In A Play (Christopher Adams for Punts) Off West End, Best Male In A Play (Thomas Pickels for In Event Of Moone Disaster) Off West End, Best Director (Audrey Sheffield for The Dark Room) Off West End, Most Promising New Playwright (Michael McClean for Years Of Sunlight) Off West End, Best Lighting Designer (Will Monks for The Dark Room)
Winner - Off West End, Best Producer (DEM Productions at Theatre503)
Nominations - Off West End, Best New Play (Jon Brittain for Rotterdam) Off West End, Best Set Designer (Ellan Parry for Rotterdam) Off West End, Best Supporting Female (Jessica Clark for Rotterdam)
Winner- Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho)
Winner - Off West End, Best Set Designer (Signe Beckmann for A Handful of Stars)
Nominations - Off West End, Best Director (Paul Robinson for A Handful of Stars) Off West End, Best Sound Designer (Simon Slater for A Handful of Stars) James Tait Black prize for Drama (Ailis Ni Riain's for Desolate Heaven) Off West End, Best Set Designer (Petra Hjortsberg for Occupied) Off West End, Best Supporting Female (Fiz Marcus for Occupied)
Nominated- Peter Brook Empty Space Award
Nominations-Off West End Awards: Paul Robinson for Best Artistic Director Best Production (Land of Our Fathers) Most Promising new Playwright (Sam Potter for Mucky Kid) Best Sound Designer (Simon Slater for The Life of Stuff) Most Promising Playwright (Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho)
Winner – Off West End Awards: Most Welcoming Theatre Best New Musical (Porn – The Musical) People’s Choice Best Female Performance (Jessie Cave for Breed) Nomination – Most Promising Playwright (Gabriel Bisset-Smith for The Charming Man) Winner – Off West End Adopt A Playwright Competition – Sarah Grochala
Winner – Olivier Awards, Best New Play, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall Nominated – Olivier Awards, Best Actress, Lorraine Burroughs for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best New Play, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Nominated – Alfred Fagon Award – Rex Obano for Slaves
Nominated – Evening Standard Awards, Most Promising Playwright, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Shortlisted – Evening Standard Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – TMA Awards, Best New Play, The Lifesavers by Fraser Grace (co-production with Mercury Theatre, Colchester) Winner – Meyer Whitworth Award, Ali Taylor for Cotton Wool
Nominated – Peter Brook Empty Space Award
- "Rotterdam" by Jon Brittain transferred to the West End and Brits Off Broadway in New York.
- "A Handful of Stars" by Billy Roche transferred to the West End.
- "Land of Our Fathers" by Chris Urch transferred to the West End before touring.
- "Freak" went up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- "Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho" by Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the West End before touring.
- "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall transferred to the West End and Broadway.
- 25 August 2015 - 29 August 2015 "Frankenstein's Creature" by James Swanton
- 12 May 2015 - 6 June 2015 "Sense of An Ending" by Ken Urban
- 5 May 2015 - 9 May 2015 "EleXion" by Various Authors
- 8 April 2015 - 2 May 2015 "Animals" by Emma Adams
- 10 March 2015 - 4 April 2015 "WINK" by Phoebe Eclair-Powell
- 2 December 2014 - 10 January 2014 "Cinderella and the Beanstalk", Rhapsody of Words, Theatre503 and Sleeping Trees
- 10 November 2014 "Society of Strange", Extempore Theatre
- 4 November 2014 - 29 November 2014, "Cans" by Stuart Slade
- 28 October 2014 - 1 November 2014 "Red Like Embers: Contemporary Voices From Brazil"
- 3 September 2014 - 20 September 2014, "Starlore for beginners" by Samantha Ellis
- 21 August 2014- 27 August 2014, "Little Stitches" by Various Authors
- 1 July 2014 - 12 July 2014, "A First World Problem" by Milly Thomas.
- 24 June 2014 - 28 June 2014, "Is It Getting Cold In Here...?" by Various Authors
- 17 June 2014 - 21 June 2014, "It Never Ends" by Julian Poidevin
- 3 June 2014 - 14 June 2014, "ObamAmerica" by Various Authors
- 27 May 2014 - 31 May 2014, "Girl From Nowhere" by Victoria Rigby
- 30 April 2014 - 24 May 2014, "A Handful Of Stars" by Billy Roche
- 25 February 2014 - 22 March 2014, "Dog Days" by Annie Hulley
- 22 January 2014 - 15 February 2014, "A World Elsewhere" by Alan Franks
- 14 January 2014 - 18 January 2014, "Woman In The Dunes" by Micha Columbo
- 10 December 2013 - 4 January 2014, "Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho" by Jon Brittain and Matthew Tedford
- 10 December 2013 - 11 January 2014, "Boris And Sergey's Vaudevillian Christmas Adventure" (Company Devised)
- 5 October 2013 - 9 November 2013, "Hotbed Festival Double Bill" by Steve Waters
- 20 August 2013 - 24 August 2013, "Ernie" by James Craze
- 30 July 2013 - 3 August 2013, "Gather Ye Rosebuds" by Silva Semerciyan
- 17 June 2013 - 6 July 2013, "Our Share Of Tomorrow" by Dan Sherer
- 3 June 2013, "Rapid Write Response: Playing With Grown-ups"
- 18 February 2013 - 22 February 2013, "Double Bill: Still I See My Baby & Happiness" by D B Horriganand Danny Whitehead
- 5 February - 2 March 2013, Desolate Heaven by Ailís Ní Ríain
- 29 January - 2 February 2013, Freak/Staunch/Closure by Anna Jordan
- 22–26 January 2013, Festopia by Various
- 8–19 January 2013, Steve And Then It Ended by Adam Usden
- 9–10 December 2012, XY by Various
- 4 December - 5 January 2012, Cul-De-Sac by Matthew Osborn
- 6 November - 1 December 2012, Where The Mangrove Grows by Joe Hammond
- 9 October - 3 November 2012, Elegy by Douglas Rintoul
- 2–6 October 2012, Shhhh... by 503Five
- 4–29 September 2012, Life for Beginners by Various
- 12–13 July 2012, Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar
- 10–11 June 2012, XY by Various
- 5–30 June 2012, MEAT by Jimmy Osborne
- 29 May - 2 June 2012, Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue
- 1–26 May 2012, Shiverman by James Sheldon
- 23–28 April 2012, The Mole and the Worm by Lowri Jenkins
- 17–21 April 2012, The Crossing by Esther O'Toole
- 20 March - 14 April 2012, The Girl In The Yellow Dress by Craig Higginson
- 26 February 2012, Blast Off
- 7 February - 3 March 2012, Mathematics of the Heart by Kefi Chadwick
- 10 January - 4 February 2012, Man in the Middle - a wikiplay by Ron Elisha
- 3–7 January 2012, This Year It Will Be Different
- 1–26 November 2011, The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery
- 17–29 October 2011, Kalashnikov: In The Woods By The Lake by Fraser Grace
- 27 September - 4 October 2011, Hacked by Various
- 30 August - 24 September 2011, Beasts (Las Brutas) by Juan Radrigan
- 15–17 July 2011, Carrot by ben Ockrent
- 17 May - 11 June 2011, Many Moons by Alice Birch
- 19 April - 14 May 2011, SOLD by Suzie Miller
- 27–28 March 2011, International Women's Month: PLAYlist
- 23–16 March 2011, The Consultant by Neil Fleming
- 15–19 March 2011, Ruffled by Ellen Gylen
- 15 February - 12 March 2011, The Biting Point by Sharon Clark
- 18 January - 5 February 2011, Bonnie And Clyde
- 5 January - 8 February 2011, Pushing Up Poppies by Kieran Lynn
- 7–12 December 2010, Phantasmagoaria by Gravel Theatre
- 23 November - 5 December 2010, Coalition by Various
- 20 October - 13 November 2010, The Charming Man by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
- 21 September - 16 October 2010, Breed by Lou Ramsden
- 15 June - 10 July 2010, Wild Horses by Nimer Rashed
- 11 May - 5 June 2010, Madagascar by JT Rogers
- 7 April - 1 May 2010, Porn the Musical by Boris Cezek, Kris Spiteri, Malcolm Galea and Abigail Guan
- 2–27 March 2010, Peter and Vandy by Jay DiPietro
- 26 January - 20 February 2010, Slaves by Rex Obano
- 27 October - 21 November 2009, This Much Is True by Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck
- 9 June - 5 July 2009, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
- 12 May - 6 June 2009, Inches Apart
- 1–26 April 2008, Cotton Wool by Ali Taylor
- 6–31 May 2008, Natural Selection by Paul Rigel Jenkins
- 20 February - 15 March 2008, Shadow Language by Kelly Stuart
- 27 November - 15 December 2007, Crestfall by Mark O'Rowe
- 30 October - 24 November 2007, Songs of Grace and Redemption by John Donnelly
- 9–27 October 2007, The Final Shot by Ben Ellis
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